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Viaplay orders first Icelandic original

Scandinavian SVOD player Viaplay’s latest original is an Icelandic drama. The commission of Stella Blómkvist is the first time MTG-owned Viaplay has looked to Iceland for an original show. Icelandic TV provider Siminn has local rights, as Viaplay is not distributed in the territory. The series is based on a bestselling book series from a […]

History lines up annual presidents anthology

US cable channel History is preparing an annual anthology drama event focused on American presidents. The A+E Networks-owned station has optioned several best-selling novels on US presidents as source material for The Commanders, which will come from stablemare A+E Studios. The anthology will dramatise pivotal moments in the presidencies of several US leaders, with Bill […]

A+E poaches Viacom programming exec

A+E Networks has brought over veteran programming executive Katie Buchanan from Viacom’s US cable channel CMT. Buchanan (pictured) has been named senior VP programming strategy and scheduling for the Lifetime and LMN cable networks. She will report to Lifetime’s SVP, strategy, scheduling and acquisitions, Christian Drobnyk, who said: “Katie brings a breadth of experience and […]

BBC Four plants Roots with A+E

UK pubcaster the BBC is among the latest to buy A+E Networks’ reworking of the Alex Haley novel of the same name. BBC Four will play the show, which launched at MIPCOM last year and was for History in the US, along with new buyers Numero 23 in France, DBS YES in Israel, Showmax pan-Africa […]

Buccieri takes Studios job at A+E

Paul Buccieri has been confirmed as the new head of A+E’s on house production arm following yesterday’s news that Bob DeBitetto was leaving the company. Buccieri’s new role hands him control of A+E Studios as well as the A+E networks group, reporting to company president and CEO Nancy Dubuc. “The growth of A+E Studios is […]

A+E Studios president exiting

Bob DeBitetto is leaving A+E Networks after 14 years with the Disney- and Hearst Corp.-owned broadcast group. A+E CEO Nancy Dubuc revealed the news in an internal memo in which she said that while a channel chief DeBitetto had led the A&E cable network “to an impressive ten-year ratings growth streak” and added he has […]

BBC, Acorn, A+E partner for new Agatha Christie

The BBC, A+E Studios and Acorn are coproducing a TV adaptation of Agatha Christie novel The Witness for the Prosecution, which will bow on BBC One in the UK, and Brit-centric streaming service Acorn TV in the US. The novel will be adapted by Sarah Phelps who penned the recent successful TV version of Christie’s […]

A+E Studios to produce first broadcast show

ABC has ordered a put pilot from A+E Studios, marking the first time A+E Networks’ production arm has produced for a channel outside of its own stable. Jada Pinkett Smith will star in Murder Town as Delaware’s first African-American District Attorney, who learns a shocking truth about her murdered husband and has to work on […]

A&E’s Returned departs as Bates Motel stays open

US cable channel A&E has cancelled its remake of French supernatural drama The Returned after one season, but commissioned a further two runs of Bates Motel. The Returned was placed as a companion to popular Psycho spin-off Bates Motel, but failed to gain traction. The ten-episode series came from A&E’s production arm, A+E Studios, FremantleMedia […]

Discovery nabs Schibsted exec for Norway

Discovery Networks Norway has hired Tine Austvoll Jensen to replace the retiring Morten Skotland Hansen. Austvoll Jensen becomes COO and CFO at the Discovery Networks International division, which houses channels such as TVNorge. She has 18 years experience in media, and before Discovery was a vice president at Schibsted Classified Media, which once owned production […]